As we’ve just passed the midway stage of the 2020 NFL regular season, the gridiron action has been frenzied and the early standings are starting to take shape. After winning Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs look the team to beat and no side has put more points on the board. Meanwhile, only one team remained unbeaten heading into Week 9, with the Pittsburgh Steelers recording a perfect 7-0 record to start their campaign.
Keen to soar this season are the Seattle Seahawks, flying high in the NFC West and staking their claim as genuine Super Bowl contenders this year. Likewise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now pillaging points after a shaky start, although they do have iconic quarterback Tom Brady firing cannonballs to boost their ambitions. But it’s not all great as frustrated fans of the New York Jets will know, failing to make takeoff having lost all eight of their opening games.
Amidst all the results and fierce competition for playoff places, there have also been plenty of magical individual moments to admire, so let’s take a look at some of those.
New Kid on the Block
There was already lots of hype surrounding 23-year-old quarterback Joe Burrow, when he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t wasted any time announcing his presence in the NFL, as one of the most exciting debut players this year.
In Week 2 Burrow made 37 completions and while the Bengals went down 30-35 against the Cleveland Browns, he set a new NFL record for the most completions in a game by a rookie.
In Week 4 Burrow also made NFL history, as the first rookie to register 300+ passing yards in three consecutive games. Just to make that achievement all the sweeter, the Bengals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning Burrows his first win as an NFL quarterback.
In Week 1 Tom Brady had already become only the third player to attempt 10,000 passes, then only the second to pass for over 75,000 career yards in Week 2. After becoming the second player to pass for 500 career touchdowns in Week 4, he reached another important milestone.
At the evergreen old age of 43 and 62 days, iconic quarterback Brady became the oldest player to throw five touchdown passes in one game, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claim a memorable 31-38 victory at the Los Angeles Chargers.
Tom Brady isn’t the only golden oldie with an exceptionally accurate throwing arm, 41-year-old Drew Brees has also enjoyed an amazing NFL career. Still going strong with the New Orleans Saints, he reached an impressive milestone in Week 1 of the regular season.
Just to spice things up a little, Brees achieved the NFL record of 10,170 career pass attempts when the Saints were taking on the Buccaneers, just as Brady was reaching another milestone of his own. As for the game itself, the Saints ran out 23-34 winners.
While many passionate fans will always be paying close attention to the NFL spreads each weekend, don’t forget to focus on the futures markets too. Strongly tipped for the 2020 NFL MVP is Russell Wilson and for good reason.
The 31-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback has been superb this year, and in Week 3, he set a new NFL record for the most touchdown passes in his team’s first three games. Having made 14 touchdown passes, he beat the previous record of 13 set by Patrick Mahomes.
In Week 4, Wilson tied Peyton Manning’s record of 16 touchdown passes in the first four games, then in Week 7, tied Manning’s record of 22 touchdown passes in his team’s first six games. With such consistency, it’s easy to see why Wilson is the MVP favorite this year.
Always in a Hurry
There’s just no stopping Patrick Mahomes when it comes to setting new benchmarks for other players to beat. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is only 25, and only debuted with the team in December 2017.
Amongst a host of magnificent milestones this remarkable player has already achieved, Mahomes lost one of his records to Russel Wilson in Week 3, but that didn’t stop him from setting another of his own. He is now the fastest player to reach 10,000 career passing yards, having done so in just 34 games.
The Lone Star
While they might be known as ‘America’s Team’ in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled for winning form early in the 2020 regular season, posting a frustrating 2-6 record from their opening eight games. Nevertheless, every cloud has a silver lining, and one of their stars is performing admirably.
That star is Dak Prescott and he was shining brightly in the Week 2. As the Cowboys earned a hard-fought 39-40 win against the Atlanta Falcons, Prescott became the first quarterback to pass for 400 yards, and rush for three touchdowns in a single game.
These are just a few amazing milestones reached by some of the best NFL players, as we head into the final stretch of the 2020 regular season. Many other players have achieved personal milestones,and in the weeks to come, many more records will undoubtedly be set, bringing us more magic moments to enjoy.